Following hard on the heels of the Red Ladies Sale at Carlisle on Friday 9th December was the British Limousin Cattle Society’s sale of weaned calves held for animals born in the 2016 year.
The strong trade in the Red Ladies continued into the calves with a record top price and averages and numbers sold well up on the 2015 year.
Setting off to a terrific start the first bull calf in the ring Pabo MrMuscle from W P Hughes and Son, Llanbabo, Rhosgoch, Anglesey made 10,500gns when selling to Gary Bell, Hass Side Farm, Lockerbie for his Haassidefarm herd.
Sired by the popular AI sire Lodge Hamlet and out of the Jockey sired dam Derosa Visa, MrMuscle was judged to be Best Homebred Bull Calf born 2016 in the North West Midlands and North Wales herd competition this year.
This January 2016 born calf had also recently stood on the society’s promotional stand at the Welsh Winter Fair where he had captured much attention.
In all, 59 weaned calves both bulls and heifers sold at the sale which was nineteen more than in 2015. The bull calves averaged £3990, up by £1139 on the year, whilst the forty five heifer calves averaged £2330, up by £104.
Iain Graham, Rose Castle Farm, Dalton, Carlisle, who had purchased in the Red Ladies sale, was back in action to buy Burnbank Maggiemay from D and L Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blairdrummond, Stirling for 9,000gns.
A January 2016 born heifer, Maggiemay is sired by Elite Foreverbrill and is out of the dam Burnbank Crystal, sired by Grahams Tycoon.
Prolific sellers at this fixture the Burnbank herd had previously topped the weaned calf sale in 2014.
Continuing his fine run from the Red Ladies Sale, R and J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Stirling made 9000gns for Grahams Murphy when selling him for 9,000gns to D A Thomson, Thropton, Morpeth, Northumberland. Another sired by the AI sire Claragh Franco, this March 2016 born bull calf is out of another imported French dam Cousine, who is sired by Toutastis. Grahams Murphy had previously been shown at the 2016 Stars of the Future Calf Show, Stirling where he gained first and reserve junior champion.
Two fine young embryo heifer calves, Procters Mermaid and Procters Mayfly from Procters Farm Ltd, Slaidburn, near Clitheroe, Lancashire made 8500gns and 8000gns respectively.
Both heifers were snapped up by Messrs D G Green and Sons for their Derriaghy pedigree herd at Lisburn, Co Antrim. The same way bred both heifers are by Haltcliffe Gentry and out of the Objat daughter Glenrock Diamante who was purchased for 15,000gns at the 2014 Glenrock Herd Sale.
Back in the bull calves, and another prolific seller at this fixture, Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Burnhope, Co Durham made 7500gns when selling Barrons Max.
This January 2016 born calf is another by Lodge Hamlet and is out of the Haltcliffe Doctor sired Barrons Icequeen.
This calf, with the noted Jacot on both sides of his breeding, was purchased for his Brenig pedigree herd by Glyn Howatson, Ty Newydd, Nantglyn, Denbigh.
14 bull calves, £3990 (+ £1139)
45 heifer calves, £2330 (+ £104)